Thank you for joining Wynton Marsalis and Brooklyn For Peace for our Virtual Gala on NOVEMBER 18 starting at 6:30 pm with our Pre-Gala Virtual “Mood” Festivities.

“Jazz music is the perfect metaphor for democracy,” says famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

In celebration of Marsalis’s album, The Democracy! Suite, we welcome you to join in the spirit of Pathmakers to Peace at home with these suggested libations and hors d’oeuvres. Since we can’t be together in person, we will be together in spirit and spirits (if you choose!). Download pdf of this page



Meet the 2020/2021 Quarantini – An easy Lemon Honey Martini with emergency vitamin C! It’s the most delicious way to “boost” your immunity.

You couldn’t find toilet paper; everyone was stuck in the house from school and work and the whole family got into a huge fight over your 100th game of monopoly. What did I do? I made a Quarantini and chilled!

The alcohol kills the germs. The local honey and lemon boosts your immunity. And the optional added pack of emergency vitamin c — that can also be used to rim the glass — is just an added bonus! 

c/o The Novice Chef

PREP TIME:     5 minutes
TOTAL TIME:  5 minutes


  • 3 oz vodka (or gin)
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • HONEY SYRUP: Microwave honey and water and stir until you have a honey syrup.
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • SHAKE: Add vodka, lemon juice and honey syrup to a martini shaker. Whisk to combine. Then add ice and shake it.


1 packet powdered Emergency Vitamin C
STRAIN: Strain into an iced martini glass that has been rimmed with powdered Vitamin C, if desired.

We are living in unprecedented times, so we might as well follow the rules, stay safe, wash your hands, share your toilet paper and enjoy a delicious Quarantini while you are at it.

Ballot Box Bounce – Post-Show Coffee

After the show, before the show…..have your coffee on!
Mix your favorite spirit, flavor, or mixer to your coffee. Enjoy!

Named after a song on the album, Ballot Box Bounce. Marsalis writes, “Here, the to-and-fro of Swing is applied to our national vote. Some folks are begging you to vote; others warn you to stay away. Ha-ha—it’s ironic, funny and difficult to play. Prohibition created more drinkers; these preventative actions will create more voters.”


Be Present (Non-alcoholic)

Be Present is named after a song on The Democracy! Suite album. According to Marsalis, this is “a piece inspired by citizens who have put their lives on the line working through this pandemic (whether by choice or otherwise). “Be Present” recognizes the efforts of everyone who has chosen to enter the fray to fight for human freedoms, wherever and however they choose.”

Blueberry Lemonade:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Water to taste
  • Place the blueberries, sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the solids from the juice with a fine sieve and set the solids aside.
  • Pack glass with crushed ice to the top.
  • Pour 1 oz blueberry syrup in the glass.
  • Pour lemon juice in the bottom of the glass, being mindful not to mix the ingredients.
  • Fill the glass with water, slowly adding the water until full.

Or alternative recipe without making simple syrup, but you do need a blender:

Out Amongst the People (Alcoholic)

This drink is named after a song on The Democracy! Suite album. ”They were all grooving, doing their thing in the name of freedom. It was pure inspiration to see our younger musicians engaged with the fundamental principles of democracy. For every call I got saying “Let’s get out there!”…”

Ginger Ale/Beer Cocktail:

This will mix well with most of your preferred spirts. Try it with vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey.

  • Add 1½ ounces of spirit to a Rocks or Collins glass,
  • Fill the glass with ice,
  • Add 3 to 4 ounces of ginger ale or ginger beer and stir,
  • Add a garnish of an orange, lemon, or lime twist or peel.

Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize (Black Lives Matters) (Alcoholic)

Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize (Black Lives Matters) is named after a song on The Democracy! Suite album. This piece has “a melody that articulates the slogan-chant-battle cry that has dominated our airwaves and social spaces. Its intention is very clear, though the facts of it all remain shrouded in mystery. Is it an organization, a philosophy, a call to arms, a call for justice, or all of the above?”

Lemon Honey Spirits:

This will mix well with most of your preferred spirts. Try it with vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey.

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) sprit of your choice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) honey simple syrup (To Make the Honey Simple Syrup: To make a simple syrup you simply combine 1 part water to 1 part sweetener. Bring it up to a boil. Once boiling, give it a good stir and then shut off the heat. Let cool.)
  • ¾ ounce (1-½ tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon sparkling water

Add a small handful of ice cubes, your preferred spirit, honey simple syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously.

Add fresh ice to a glass, and pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass. Top with lemon sparkling water.


Now we didn’t forget that you may want to have a little something for your stomach, right? Here are some delicious vegan and vegetarian Hors D’oeuvres that you can prepare and have ready!


Baked Brie (vegetarian)

Beetroot Hummus (vegan)

Roasted Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Crostini (can be made vegan or vegetarian)

Tomato Flatbread (can be made vegan or vegetarian)

Nashville Hot Cauliflower Bites (vegan)

Your Favorite Recipe!

Looking forward to seeing you on November 18, 2021!